alexa The Determination of Exposure to Total, Inhalable and Respirable Particles in Welders in Benin City, Edo State
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Journal of Pollution Effects & Control
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The Determination of Exposure to Total, Inhalable and Respirable Particles in Welders in Benin City, Edo State

Ediagbonya TF1,*, Tobin AE2, Olumayede EG3, Okungbwa GE4 and Iyekowa O5
1Department of Chemical Science, Ondo State Science &Technology, Okitipupa, Ondo State, Nigeria
2Institute of Lassa Fever Research and Control, Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Irrua, Edo state, Nigeria
3Department of Chemistry, Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria
4Department of Radiography and Radiological Sciences, University of Benin, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria
5Department of Chemistry, University of Benin, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria
Corresponding Author : Ediagbonya TF
Department of Chemical Science, Ondo State Science &Technology
Okitipupa, Ondo State, Nigeria
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Received: June 11, 2015; Accepted: January 08, 2016; Published: January 14, 2016
Citation: Ediagbonya TF, Tobin AE, Olumayede EG, Okungbwa GE, Iyekowa O (2016) The Determination of Exposure to Total, Inhalable and Respirable Particles in Welders in Benin City, Edo State. J Pollut Eff Cont 4:152. doi:10.4172/2375- 4397.1000152
Copyright: © 2016 Ediagbonya TF, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


In many welding processes, air pollutants are generated and take the form of dust, fume and gases. These particles generally remain suspended in air and in that way can be carried long distances from the welding arc. Plethora of studies have suggested that welding is insidious to the male reproductive system, other pernicious effect includes the development of benign pneumoconiosis, siderosis, respiratory impairment, headache, nausea, shortness of breath, muscle pain and a metallic taste in the mouth. The objectives of this study was to determine the personal exposure to total, inhalable and respirable particulate matter among welder in Benin City, subject the data to statistical analysis and compare the values obtained to the regulatory limits. The particles were captured using SKC Air Check Gravimetric Sampler. The sampling was done three times a week for six months between October 2011 to March 2012. The result showed that there was spatial variation in the measured TSP, respirable and Inhalable PM and also that the measured particulate matters were above the threshold Limit Value (TLV) in most of the locations studied except for welders in Oluku and Agbor which their TSP, Respirable and Inhalable are below this limit.


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